Former president Bill Clinton told an interviewer that he thought President Obama should "honor the commitment the federal government made" and let people keep insurance policies they have. Obama's one-time "Secretary of Explainin' Stuff" doesn't seem to understand the math problem that presents. Or, more likely, the time has come for Team Clinton to put 2016 ahead of its tenuous loyalty to the sitting president.
The interview, given to Ozy.com (which appears to be a news site for millenials), focused on Clinton's reaction to the rollout of Obamacare. Clinton outlined four ways in which the process could have been improved. The last is the one that's generated the most attention.
Clinton tells the story of a young person he met who'd been forced to switch his insurance plan. The new plan cost more, he told Clinton, but the co-pays and deductibles are much lower. (The relevant segment of the video starts at 3:15.)
"So he said, 'In the years I use healthcare, I might actually save money.' But he said, 'You know, we're all young and we're all healthy.' So, I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they've got."
President Obama's repeated claims on the campaign trail that Americans could keep their existing health insurance policies has been one of the most strident attacks from Republicans, prompting a (sort of) apology from Obama and a subtle tweak to how the administration talks about the Affordable Care Act. The problem, as the administration has known for at least three years, is that the mandates in the ACA require higher levels of coverage than most Americans choose for themselves. The person with whom Clinton spoke paid less per month because his coverage was much worse. Since one of the goals of Obamacare was to prevent people from suffering economic catastrophe in the event of a serious health problem, many policies that had very high deductibles were rendered invalid.